Saturday, November 30, 2013

Portland's Leigh Marble Has a New Music Video

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

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We really like Leigh Marble.

Not only is there an extremely compelling story behind the singer/songwriters gutsy music— especially from his latest album Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows— but the Ivy League graduate's work is just wickedly good.

In fact, Where the Knives finished 2012 at 69 of our top 200 albums of the year. And if the growth between his 2007 album Red Tornado and that album is any indication of what we can expect from Marble's next release, look out, because this guy is a real student of rock and roll.

Marble was also a selection to our Concert Wish List for Bend from earlier this year.

This month, Marble released the first music video from Where the Knives for the track "Pony."

It's a lighthearted video that pokes fun at the gap-of-wants that often exists between people who randomly hook-up without thinking things through or knowing each other very well. Marble himself stars in the video along with Cora Benesh from the movie City Baby. It was directed by Robin Washburn.

Accompanying the video was an EP with an alternate version of "Pony" as well as one of "Nail," one of Marble's darker tracks.

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Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM


Sometimes the weekly Friday Mixtape is themed by genre or otherwise put together with some overriding reason like to preview a music festival. Sometimes, the playlist is just about introducing readers to great music. That’s what this week’s edition is all about.

From adult contemporary rock super-group Tired Pony (Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Richard Colburn of Belle & Sebastian and Peter Buck of R.E.M. just to name a few), to chamber pop band The Miserable Rich, this mixtape is full of off-the-beaten-path music.

Pay special attention to the back-to-back tracks from the former front man of Colorado’s The Czars, John Grant. After leaving Colorado and working with bands like The Flaming Lips, Grant recorded his very LCD Soundsystem meets Pink Floyd sophomore album in Iceland and released it earlier this year. These songs illuminate the diversity of that album Pale Green Ghosts with the first track “Black Belt” showcasing Grants’ take on synth rock while the second track “GMF” indulges a more classic sound.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What in the World? Todays News!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Italy’s Senate tells Berlusconi to beat it. Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, was stripped of his parliamentary seat and expelled from the senate.

No more sauce for Sriracha? An Irwindale, Calif. judge order the Sriracha hot sauce plant to partially close because of strong odors and neighbor complaints.

More band news for Greece. Economists say the Greek economy will continue to shrink—for the seventh consecutive year.

World Cup soccer stadium collapses. A portion of the Brazilian soccer stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup, collapsed in the final stages of construction. A crane fell on it and left three dead.

The Bulletin cuts health benefits for employees. Closer to home, Western Communications, The Bulletin's parent company, has told at least 280 employees it can no longer afford to offer health insurance benefits.

In lighter news: Snow is in the forecast! Powder for the Cascades and Rockies.


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Bulletin Health Insurance Cuts Make National News

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Here's an article on the Huffington Post about Monday's health insurance cuts for Bend Bulletin employees.

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The article includes the full memo from President and publisher of the newspaper, Gordon Black, to his employees explaining the decision.

Here's the Source's coverage of the unfortunate cuts yesterday.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Bad News About Newspapers—Here and There

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

At times, yes, it does feel as if we are captaining the Titanic.
Last week, The Onion published its last paper edition. That same day, some 700 jobs were cut from the Tribune Company—an organization that, most notably, publishes the LA Times and Chicago Tribune, as well as six other daily newspapers.
And, closer to home, our crosstown brethren at The Bulletin received the troubling news that their health care benefits would be cut. In somewhat Scrooge-like fashion, the news was reportedly announced very suddenly.
We have received phone calls and emails all day—some from frustrated staffers, others from friends of frustrated staffers there.
We are truly sorry—it is troubling indeed to see our industry constricting like a boa constrictor on itself.
Yes, we recognize that a business—even one in the public interest like newspapers—does need to consider its bottom line to stay viable. But, as the newspaper industry continues to reorganize itself over the next few years, we also hope that these calculations are done with a consideration for the importance these jobs have to individuals and their families, as well as to the community.

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Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

WARNING SIGNS is an excerpt from Allie Brosh's new book "Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened." Read our full article on Brosh here...we're still hoping for an awesome pterodactyl drawing.


When I was ten years old, I wrote a letter to my future self and buried it in my backyard. Seventeen years later, I remembered that I was supposed to remember to dig it up two years earlier.

I looked forward to getting a nostalgic glimpse into my childhood—perhaps I would marvel at my own innocence or see the first glimmer of my current aspirations. As it turns out, it just made me feel real weird about myself.


Continue reading »

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Pacific Power is Done with Dam

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Huge news: Pacific Power, the utility company that owns the dam which creates Mirror Pond, is calling it quits on the leaky, 103-year-old dam.

Here is an excerpt form PacifiCorp's press release:

PacifiCorp has determined that it would not be cost-effective for its customers to make the investments needed to continue long-term operations at the company’s Bend hydroelectric generating project.
The decision follows a thorough engineering inspection of the project dam after a leak in the dam developed in early October, the third such leak in approximately five years, which also prompted a broader analysis of the facility.
“First and foremost, the inspection confirmed what we expected; the dam remains safe and is in overall good condition for a 100-year old facility, but further investment would be required for the hydro project to operate long term,” said Mark Tallman, PacifiCorp’s vice president for renewable resources.
“After a century of producing clean, emission-free and affordable power for customers, it’s time to divest or retire our Bend hydroelectric plant,” Tallman said. “It simply isn’t cost- effective or in the best interests of all our customers throughout six western states for PacifiCorp to rebuild the facility and generate power to serve current and future generations of customers.”
The company will pursue discussions with the Bend Parks and Recreation District and the City of Bend to determine if an agreement can be reached that places the dam under local control in a way that PacifiCorp can also demonstrate to regulators that the outcome is in the best interest of PacifiCorp’s customers.

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Tickets for Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock TONIGHT

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Who wants to see Jimi Hendrix absolutely wail on guitar tonight? We don't have tickets to a live Hendrix gig—obviously—but we do have tickets two to a showing of his 1969 performance at Woodstock featuring screaming renditions of “Voodoo Child,” “Fire,” “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady” and “Star Spangled Banner.” Presented by the Rockumentary Film Club at the Tower Theatre, the show starts tonight at 7 pm.


Respond below with you favorite Hendrix song and or performance and we'll pick and notify the winner at 2 pm.

You must be able to come pick up the tickets at our office downtown (704 NW Georgia Ave.) before 5 pm tonight.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Return of Broken Bells

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Better not forget your ID with these two
  • Better not forget your ID with these two

In arguably the best ever preview of an upcoming album, power duo Broken Bells (James Mercer, Danger Mouse) have an emotionally potent film vignette on their hands.

After Mercer re-did The Shins and Danger Mouse flirted with another collaboration, the two will release After the Disco in January of 2014, following up their wildly successful self-titled debut in 2010.

Released in two parts (so far), Broken Bells' mini-film begins with Angel and the Fool, a seven and a half minute video filled with emotional connecting points. Broken Bells' music serves as the score for themes like loneliness, love, wonder and uncertainty all while Oliver— played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness)— explores an alien planet after discovering Helen— played by Kate Mara (House of Cards, Entourage)— the space-traveling woman of his dreams.

In part two, Holding on For Life, Mercer and Danger Mouse add a little comedy as galactic disco club bouncers, before the two central characters are plunged into a disarray of hallucinations and confusion that seem to drive home the point that either taking too long to make a decision or not waiting long enough before acting can both be equally damaging to happiness. Also perhaps that people do dumb things on drugs.

Of course, that's just one way to look at this beautiful and intriguing film.

Full screen viewing recommended.

The first single from the upcoming album can also be listened to on Spotify.

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Friday Mixtape

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM


Anchored by the furious and fuzzy track “Crawling After You” by Mississippi’s Bass Drum of Death, this week’s Friday Mixtape is a blazing representation of punk rock’s past and present. Take a trip all the way back to 1977 and experience rambunctious music from punk legends Ramones before springing forward to hear “Demon Dance” from pop punk band Surfer Blood’s 2013 album Pythons. With Iggy and The Stooges and Jay Reatard, this collection grinds out speedy track after speedy track, features thrashing guitar and frenzied drums, and dives head first into the devilishly rebellious nature of the genre.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

What in the World? Today's News

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Good morning world!
Happy's what's happening today.

Today marks 50 years since JFK's assassination. A sad anniversary for America.

The senate voted to reform filibuster rules to make it easier for majority parties to approve nominees. The move is supported by President Obama who has had 21 nominees filibustered or withdrawn during his presidency.

In movie news...The absolute—don't argue with me—most wonderful life lesson teaching Christmas movie of all time, It's a Wonderful Life, has a sequal in the works...AAAAAAND it sounds awful. The premiss is an angel trying to convince George Bailey's grandson that he's a terrible person by showing him how much better Bedford Falls would be if he was never born.
Even Paramount, the studio that owns the rights to the film is pissed. Please, Paramount, don't let this happen.

Speaking of entertainment...HAS EVERYONE SEEN KANYE WEST'S NEW VIDEO?!
It's pretty much the worst. Green screen motorcycle riding in the sky, fiance and baby-mama Kim Kardashian with no nipples and sweeping panoramas of wild horses. Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh is clearly not a fan.

After that's the official Batkid (the five year old with leukemia who had San Francisco turned into his super hero playground for a day last weekend) film trailer. It will restore your faith in humanity.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

In the Spirit of Giving

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The Source's 2013 Give Guide is on stands now. Featuring nearly forty of Central Oregon's finest nonprofit organizations, what they do, and what your donation can do to help them help our community.

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We've put together profiles of some local nonprofit all stars, read them here.

And give a little bit! Click here to see the full Give Guide.

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